October 13, 2023

13.10.2023 – Journalist Threatened with Arson by Lawyer Over Interview in Serbia

One lawyer from Leskovac, Serbia, has issued a disturbing threat against the editorial team of the Regional Information Agency JUGpress (https://jugpress.com/). He threatened to set fire to their building and harm individuals due to an interview the agency conducted with a former local leader of a party in Serbia. Details about the threat are online visible on the JUGpress webpage.

The threat from this lawyer, includes a call to shut down certain news portals.

This incident is deeply concerning and underscores the need to protect journalists and freedom of the press. It is vital that journalists can carry out their work without fear of threats or violence.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns such threats and emphasizes the importance of safeguarding the rights and safety of journalists in the region.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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